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1989 Chev C1500 4.3 won't start. New battery, starter, and alternator, all within the last year, all tested and are o.k. Turn key and all I get is a clicking sound. Sounds like it is coming from the starter. Also, replaced the positive battery cable. Is there a starter relay and if so, where is it located? Thanks for any advice.

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